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Get your professional development certified with iTDi

Certificate of Distinction
Take advantage of this rare opportunity to receive personal 1-1 Mentoring from John F. Fanselow via Skype. John introduced the systematic recording and analysis of classroom interaction as a means for teachers to reflect on teaching practice in a non-judgmental way and has been mentoring teachers around the globe for more than five decades. This certificate will be limited to ten teachers. Teachers working toward this certificate will be expected to submit activity transcriptions for analysis during their mentoring sessions with John.

US$149


Certificate of Accomplishment
In addition to the requirements for the Certificate of Completion, participants working toward a Certificate of Accomplishment will be expected to submit a transcript and analysis of one activity assigned during the course. They should expect to spend about 30 hours on coursework.

US$89


Certificate of Completion
Participants working toward a Certificate of Completion will be expected to spend about 25 hours on class work. This includes attending all five classes (live or through recordings), participating in class forum discussions and completing assigned activities.

US$59


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iTDi Advanced Course

Small Changes Big Results

with John F. Fanselow


Get iTDi certified this October with ELT author and renowned trainer John F. Fanselow.

Change the way you teach in big and small ways in just five weeks! The practical value of John F. Fanselow's course will enable teachers who participate fully to transform, enhance and challenge their teaching practice in ways they have never thought of and wouldn't believe. Participants will receive a free PDF copy of John F. Fanselow's forthcoming book, Small Changes Big Results — Activities and essays to stimulate fresh thinking about language learning. The book, both direct and exploratory, begins a journey that registered participants will take with a community of teachers from around the globe and the author as guide and gadfly.

Live online sessions will be held in the iTDi virtual classroom on Sundays in October.

Live sessions (registered participants only)

  • October 2nd – course participants only (60 minutes)
  • October 9th – course participants only (60 minutes)
  • October 16th – course participants only (60 minutes)
  • October 23rd – course participants only (60 minutes)
  • October 30th – course participants only (60 minutes)

Time: 12:00 - 13:00 GMT



Certificate of Completion

US $59 - Course, Recordings, Handouts, Private Community

Certificate of Accomplishment

US $89 - Course, Recordings, Handouts, Private Community, Instructor Evaluation

Certificate of Distinction

US $149 - Course, Recordings, Handouts, Private Community, Instructor Evaluation, Private Mentoring

Questions? Contact support@itdi.pro

If you are unable to join the class without scholarship support from iTDi, please apply using the form here

More than most teachers, John F. Fanselow bases the content of his courses on the needs of teachers in the room, and each course is a transformative, collaborative journey.

With John and your fellow participants you will:

  • Develop and expand your awareness of why you teach grammar and vocabulary the way you currently do
  • Turn the "rules" you currently follow upside down and inside out to see how making small changes in your teaching approach can yield big results in student learning
  • Use reflective practice techniques to understand what's actually happening in your classroom during lessons (rather than what you think is happening)
  • Experience practical activities for teaching grammar and vocabulary in an integrated way that you can use in your own classes
  • Gain confidence and skill in your classroom teaching

How transformative are John’s courses?

Check out what teachers have to say about working with John, and what sort of impact he has had on their own teaching.

I knew that I was on the verge of losing interest in my job. I was aware that my classroom practice was stagnating. Although I had a desire to make changes in my teaching, I did not know what to do or where to start. What eventually changed my teaching (my life, really) was John’s simple, yet powerful and creative ideas. This course is for those who would like to look at their teaching in a different light from a variety of perspectives. I am sure you will not regret it.
Takaaki Hiratsuka, Associate Professor, University of the Ryukyus

My views about teaching grammar and vocabulary were wholly changed. I was amazed at John’s deep knowledge of the subject and this was very obvious in the readings, the examples and the techniques he shared with us. One of those techniques was the power of conversations and asking questions. Those two teaching/learning tools were greatly used by John and we all felt a sense of belonging and togetherness in this beautiful iTDi experience. I believe that was an amazing professional development opportunity for me and I’m sure you will experience the same thing.
Aziz Soubai, Morocco

Learning with John F. Fanselow is taking a journey into your own teaching with someone who knows well the art of teaching. I never miss an opportunity to take a course with John because I know that the lessons he will plan for the course will help me learn more about learning and teaching. He is a constant source of knowledge and experiences, and above all he knows how to help us reflect about our own practice and beliefs, and this is what makes this course so personalized. You can relate the content of the course to your own context and tackle our needs with small changes that will make a big difference.
Rose Bard, Brazil

A course with John Fanselow will turn your way of thinking upside-down, test your preconceived beliefs, and even challenge your teacherly instincts. If you're looking to be a more effective educator, John will start you on a path of questioning that can lead to productive and exciting changes in your classroom.
Ruthie Iida, Japan

Studying with John Fanselow can be a life-changing experience. Through his guidance and the activities he shared, I became much more aware of my own teaching practice. I began making small changes to compare, and found a lot of new and effective ways to meet students’ needs, and the learning didn’t stop there. I highly recommend any and all of John’s courses to teachers in every sector. They are a learning experience that can truly be transformative.
Anne Hendler, South Korea


John F. Fanselow

John became involved in ESOL by becoming a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Africa. Upon completion of Ph.D. at Columbia University, Teachers College, he joined the faculty. At Teachers College, his main interest was observation and analysis of interactions, both inside and outside of classrooms. Beyond Rashomon and Let's see, two of his seminal articles in the TESOL Quarterly, have been reprinted in many anthologies. Beyond Rashomon was the basis of Breaking Rules (Longman, 1987) and Let's See was the basis of Contrasting Conversations (Longman, 1992, reprinted 2010). Try the Opposite (SIMUL, 1992, reprinted 2010) grew out of his work with teachers in Japan. He was president of International Pacific College in NZ for 8 years where he introduced recording and analyzing classroom interaction that has not been done in a systematic way in any other tertiary institution in the world.

He has been active professionally, serving as president of TESOL International and president of New York TESOL. John is now an emeritus professor at Columbia University Teacher College, and a visiting professor at The New School in New York and at Kanda University of International Studies in Tokyo. In 2005, he was presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award from Columbia University, Teachers College. Each year, Teachers College presents 3 to 5 Distinguished Alumni Awards who are selected from the more than 80,000 alumni of the institution.